The Washington Post opines that Flint, MI may need bailout money - big bailout money - to fix its water system.
The residents of this battered city have lived for years under some of the worst conditions in urban America: soaring levels of violent crime, poverty, unemployment and blight. Now, for many, the catastrophe of a water supply that may be poisoned indefinitely appears to be the final insult.
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Less than a month after Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) declared a state of emergency, only one thing is clear: Resolving the crisis will be very expensive. Mayor Karen Weaver has estimated the cost of removing lead service lines from 15,000 homes at about $45 million. Combating the potential impact of lead poisoning in the 9,000 children exposed to tainted water starts at $100 million, according to Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who is proposing the multifaceted program.
Overhauling Flint’s water distribution system, if necessary, could cost more than $1 billion, a tab only the federal government could pay.
There's more at the link. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
In so many words, they're arguing that the federal government should pay for the overhaul or replacement of Flint's water system. To that, speaking as a federal taxpayer, my answer is not just "No", but "Hell, no!"
The screw-up in Flint was the result of a wrong decision by a state-appointed emergency manager, who was trying to sort out decades of municipal mismanagement and corruption. The problem is local, and was caused locally. Why on earth should taxpayers all over the country be forced to pay for something that was not, is not and never will be our problem?
Sorry. If Flint needs a bailout, it should come from local and State resources. The city has no legitimate claim, moral, ethical, legal, constitutional or otherwise, on national taxpayer funds. Any attempt to provide the latter to solve Flint's problems would be nothing more or less than robbery of the national exchequer for partisan political ends. (Of course, that's happened often enough - on both sides of the political aisle - that it may well happen again. That doesn't mean we should let it go without a fight, and doing everything we can to stop it.)